June 9, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The John A. Logan College men's basketball team has signed a new recruit for next basketball season, who got limited playing time last season for a Southeastern Conference school.

Ray Doby, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward who played sparingly for the University of South Carolina, will suit up for the Vols this fall.

Doby played his freshman year of high school at Cahokia before transferring to Christian Brothers of St. Louis followed by a stint at Maryland-based St. John's Northwestern Military Academy.

In high school, he averaged double-figure points and rebounds.

"Ray is a very strong, physical, and athletic player," said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "He can play multiple positions on the floor with an ability to hit the outside shot. He plays very hard and crashes the glass extremely well."

Smithpeters said Doby was on the Dean's List at South Carolina.

"My goal is to be one of the best players in junior college ball," Doby said. "I want to be the double-double machine I know that I can be."

Doby said he enjoyed his campus visit a couple of weeks ago and is convinced that Logan is the right fit for him at this point of his basketball career.

"Coach Kyle has been in constant communication with me and that made a difference with me. It showed he cared."

Doby said he is intent upon rebuilding his image so that he can once again be a high-major recruit.

"I want to show my coaches and teammates that I can help us win," he said.

Doby will be a sophomore at Logan and eligible to play one year at the JUCO level.